Online Commenting in Brazil: Pathological Pundits or Hired Partisan Hacks?

Brazil is a country known for its disappearing ideological debates, its de-politicized populace, and a ‘culture of consensus’ that renders political debate among strangers or even friends much rarer than in other parts of the world. So when I read Brazilian news online, I always take a minute to scan user-generated comments, a fascinating prism into the nation’s collective consciousness and often  a great source of context and additional data.               As in other countries the comment streams of Brazil’s major...

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